“You remember Owen P. Honors?” asks Eyder Peralta on NPR’s news blog, The Two-Way, and in case you didn’t remember him either, Peralta reminds us that, earlier this year, Honors was relieved of command as commanding officer of the USS Enterprise for producing “offensive videos” aboard the ship.
Whaa? I’da thought only Captain Kirk would be up for making nudge-nudge-wink-wink movies aboard the USS Enterprise …
Okay, now that that joke is out of the way, Honors made videos which included “simulated same-sex shower scenes, anti-gay slurs and references to prostitution in foreign ports.”
Peralta quotes The Virginian Pilot newspaper as saying Owen used the videos to “boost morale and to communicate with the ship’s young sailors.” The films were very popular and allegedly even instructional. For example, when an officer asked Owens to address the issue of “what shouldn’t be flushed down shipboard toilets,” Owen did the video and “bam, it’s taken care of,” the officer said, and that he’d never seen morale so high.
Anyway, Peralta, citing the AP as a source, says that a panel of Navy admirals decided he could remain in service after all.
How in the heck these got on YouTube I don’t know, but see what you think. Harmless fun? Not so much? Most importantly, is that really Glenn Close I see right around the 10:21-ish mark?